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BSkyB to create multinational European TV network
LONDON (AP) -- London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.... 7/25/2014 7:37 AM

Scrap-metal Transformers on mission to save planet
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Watch out, Transformers are in town!... 7/25/2014 7:32 AM

Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.... 7/25/2014 6:55 AM

Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.... 7/25/2014 6:47 AM

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.... 7/25/2014 6:36 AM

Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash
PARIS (AP) -- French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.... 7/25/2014 6:35 AM

Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said, while eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.... 7/25/2014 6:26 AM

McNuggets pulled from sale in HK after meat scare
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/25/2014 6:19 AM

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.... 7/25/2014 6:15 AM

Russia raises key rate amid Ukraine concerns
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank has unexpectedly raised its key interest rate in a bid to stem inflation and support the currency as the country faces increasing economic pressure over its policies in Ukraine.... 7/25/2014 6:14 AM

Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later in the day to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire.... 7/25/2014 6:11 AM

Norway: group from Syria en route to commit terror
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target.... 7/25/2014 6:05 AM

World markets drift ahead of US data next week
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- European stock markets were down Friday, while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. Traders were generally cautious at the end of the week, taking a wait-and-see attitude before another set of U.S. indicators due in coming days, including second quarter GDP.... 7/25/2014 5:19 AM

Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said.... 7/25/2014 5:13 AM

Philippine soldiers clash with militants; 5 dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops attacked a Muslim militant hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of an American woman and her teenage son, a military report said Friday. Two government militiamen were killed and two others were wounded.... 7/25/2014 4:56 AM

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance
WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.... 7/25/2014 4:43 AM

Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.... 7/25/2014 4:28 AM

Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.... 7/25/2014 4:27 AM

German airlines cancel more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's two largest airlines say they are not yet resuming flights to Israel even though the European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.... 7/25/2014 3:45 AM

Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday.... 7/25/2014 3:38 AM